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China sanctions 10 European individuals, 4 entities

US expected to announce sanctions against China for repression of Uyghurs Uighurs: EU imposes sanctions on Chinese officials over rights abuses
Patty Aguilar | 23 March, 2021, 01:08

The U.S. Treasury Department said the individuals are 'perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption, ' as Secretary of State Antony Blinken blasted the People's Republican of China for 'continu [ing] to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang'.

But relations have soured unexpectedly rapidly since then, partly over increasing concerns about China's crackdown against the Muslim minority in Xinjiang.

He also said 'a united transatlantic response sends a strong signal to those who violate or abuse worldwide human rights, and we will take further actions in coordination with likeminded partners'. "We stand united and call for justice for those suffering in Xinjiang".

The U.S., Canada and allies in Europe leveled sanctions against Chinese officials over the repression of mainly Muslim Uyghurs in a coordinated blacklisting the Biden administration hopes will leverage collective strength against Beijing.

There had been pressure on the Liberal government to levy sanctions against China in that matter as well.

"Today we underscore the importance of transparency and accountability, and reiterate our call on China to grant meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers".

"These measure reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic rights abuses taking place in the region", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at an unrelated event in Quebec.

China at first denied the existence of camps for detaining Uighurs in the northwest region of Xinjiang but has since described them as centers to provide job training and reeducate those exposed to radical jihadi thinking. The British government in January announced a review to prevent exporting goods that may contribute to human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

The United States had already past year blacklisted the top official in Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, who was not targeted by the other Western allies on Monday, to avoid a larger diplomatic dispute, experts and diplomats said.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta joined a statement with her Australian counterpart on Tuesday responding to sanctions placed on Xinjiang officials over the abuse of the Uyghur minority.

The EU also slapped asset freezes and visa bans on 11 officials of Myanmar's junta.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that "a united transatlantic response sends a strong signal to those who violate or abuse global human rights, and we will take further actions in co-ordination with likeminded partners".

In a statement, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it would endorse sanctions against the individuals and four European Union entities for "maliciously spreading lies and false information".

The Chinese government responded to the latest European Union move by announcing that it would sanction 10 people and four entities in Europe. China has said companies and individuals have petitioned to sue Zenz, but it wasn't clear who the plaintiffs were or how they would pursue legal action across borders.

The ministry did not say what specific measures would be taken against the organizations.

The construction company hit with sanctions was the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau.

"This move, based on nothing but lies and disinformation, disregards and distorts facts, grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, flagrantly breaches worldwide law and basic norms governing global relations, and severely undermines China-EU relations", a foreign ministry spokesperson said of the EU's move.

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